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Video:Quick Tip: What is an Adjective?

with Heather Kamins

An adjective is a descriptive part of speech that modifies a noun and often adds dimension to sentences. Learn more about adjectives in this ESL video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What is an Adjective?

Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about what an adjective is.

What is an Adjective?

An adjective is a part of speech that acts as a modifier for a noun or a pronoun. The three basic types of adjectives are positive, comparative, and superlative. The positive adjective is just a basic descriptive word. For example, if you wanted to describe the noun tree, you could say it's old, beautiful, or large.

A comparative adjective is just what it sounds like. It compares one noun to another noun. So you could say, the tree was older than the house. Older compares the two. A superlative adjective takes it one step farther, and describes a noun that has the most or least of a certain quality. For example: the oldest tree in the neighborhood.

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